Akwantu: The Journey

Akwantu: The Journey documents the struggle for freedom of the legendary Maroons of Jamaica, former enslaved Africans, who were able to flee the plantations and slave ships to form communities in some of the most inhospitable regions of the island. Poorly armed and outgunned, these brave warriors engaged the mighty British Empire over an 80-year period and were victorious. As a result, two peace​ treaties were signed between the British and the Maroons in 1738-39 that established Maroon self-government in Jamaica. Nowhere else in the New World had Africans enjoyed such a degree of autonomy, coming almost sixty years before the Haitian Revolution, and more than one hundred years before the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the United States. Producer: Roy T. Anderson Country: United States/Jamaica Year of release: 2013 Genre: Documentary Language: English AWARDS/Filmography: Winner, Special Jury Prize, Feature Documentary (2012) - Belize International Film Festival; Selected Official Selections/Special Screenings - 2013 Pan African Film Festival; 2012 Belize International Film Festival, 2013; and 2014 United Nations Slavery Remembrance Day - Global Screenings *DVD available